by Dana Marton

October 2004
ISBN: 0-373-22806-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Jack “Spike” Logan is a special agent in the FBI. He’s been asked to assist in an operation with the CIA. It seems that they’ve “lost” a woman whom they had hoped to recruit due to her past association with a man whose brother is a top terrorist. Jack is to locate the woman and try to recruit her; or at the very least find a way to use her to locate El Jafar (the terrorist).

Dr. Abigail DiMatteo is in a village in the Middle Eastern town of Beharrain to try and help the orphans of this war torn nation. She works hard to not only teach the orphans but also gain the trust of a world that views women as lesser beings. She is also hoping for a grant to come through when suddenly this gorgeous man shows up in her hut. Gerald Thornton claims that her grant has been approved but she has to put up with him filming her for a documentary. Strange things start to happen with his sudden appearance.

Secret Soldier is a whirlwind of a ride! Abigail is an amazing study in a woman with multiple talents. She is highly intelligent and powerful; she’s a sharp shooter and a strong woman, yet she’s also shy and at times naive about things. She’s an intriguing character! Spike/Jack/Gerald is . . . well every girl’s dream of a secret agent man. He’s strong, quiet, intelligent, and knows how to do things “regular” people don’t. He does what it takes to get the job done, even if he doesn’t quite agree with what he has to do. This story is SO full of action I couldn’t even think about putting it down. There is also no glossing over the reality of being captured by a band of terrorist that other authors might cover up or completely hide. For this I was doubly impressed by Ms. Marton. If you love a lot of action and suspense with your romance, you will really enjoy this story.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Vikky.

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